Welcome HOME to SatelliteGuys! We are America's Most Popular Satellite Forum!

        

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 6 of 8

Thread: Tivo alternative for DTV DVR?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 17th, 2008
    Posts
    34
    Post Thanks / Like

    Tivo alternative for DTV DVR?

    So I finally have convinced my wife to get rid of cable TV. Only block I have is figuring out an alternative to Tivo (don't want to pay $15 monthly) for DVRing DTV channels.
    I have nice antenna, nice reception, just need something that does program guide and can record.



    Any suggestions? Ideally would like to stay under or around $100.

  2. # ADS
    Register Today & This Ad Goes Away! Syndicated Advertisement
    Join Date
    Always
    Posts
    Many

    Reigster at SatelliteGuys
     
  3. #2
    Help Keep SatelliteGuys For All, Click a Star and Become a Supporter! jayn_j did! Help Support The Site And Get Rid of the Syndicated Ads, jayn_j did! If you enjoy the site consider supporting it, jayn_j did! Be COOL like jayn_j and Click a Star and become a Supporting Pub Member today!
    Join Date
    Sep 29th, 2003
    Location
    Milwaukee, WI
    Posts
    7,410
    Post Thanks / Like
    OK, I am confused. Are you subscribing to DirecTV, or are you looking for an OTA DVR? I am thinking you are looking for an ATSC OTA DVR, but TIVO is again selling one for DirecTV.

    For OTA, your best bets are TIVO and Channelmaster.

    Channelmaster DVR:
    Amazon.com: Channel Master CM7400 1080p Internet Compatible HDTV DVR: Electronics



    It isn't cheap, but no monthly fees.

    For TIVO, a lot of folks look for a TIVO Premiere or HD unit used with lifetime. They tend to go for a few hundred, but also don't have monthly fees. Be careful about the latest 4 tuner Premiere as it is cable only and doesn't have an OTA tuner.

    The other alternative is to use the Hauppage cards for media center PCs and build your own DVR. This will cost more, and require knowlege and continuing maintenance, but provides a very flexible system.

    There really are no solutions for $100.


  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 17th, 2008
    Posts
    34
    Post Thanks / Like
    Thread Starter
    Just looking to pull whatever local PBS and major networks and record that stuff. I will check out the Tivo with lifetime, might be what is needed.

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 7th, 2004
    Location
    Aberdeen, MD
    Posts
    1,903
    Post Thanks / Like
    Gamer IDs

    PSN ID: pinguy
    I would recommend Tivo with lifetime. Everything else is just a VCR with a harddrive. I still have the old Tivo HD, I hear the Tivo Premier doesn't have as good of an OTA tuner. Not sure if that is true or not.

    Anyways, here are some alternatives that I do *not* recommend:

    ChannelMaster 7400 DVR (Plus fees for premium guide data, just like Tivo!)
    Brite-View BV-980H (OTA guide data, pass)
    Digital Stream DPH1000R (same as BV-980H, I think)
    Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 (SD and timer based recording only)
    TVIX PVR M-6620N (Strange beast, but looks like it might be awesome!)

    And that's about it. Anyone find any others currently being made? Even the Magnavox doesn't look like it's in production anymore, which is a shame, looks like a good SD model.

  6. #5
    Help Keep SatelliteGuys For All, Click a Star and Become a Supporter! mike123abc did! Help Support The Site And Get Rid of the Syndicated Ads, mike123abc did! If you enjoy the site consider supporting it, mike123abc did! Be COOL like mike123abc and Click a Star and become a Supporting Pub Member today!
    Join Date
    Sep 25th, 2003
    Location
    Wichita Falls, TX
    Posts
    17,381
    Post Thanks / Like
    You can also rig up an old PC with windows media and an OTA tuner.

    I went the used TiVo route and am very happy. Once you own a TiVo you get a discount on future lifetime upgrades and hardware too.

  7. #6
    Help Keep SatelliteGuys For All, Click a Star and Become a Supporter! jayn_j did! Help Support The Site And Get Rid of the Syndicated Ads, jayn_j did! If you enjoy the site consider supporting it, jayn_j did! Be COOL like jayn_j and Click a Star and become a Supporting Pub Member today!
    Join Date
    Sep 29th, 2003
    Location
    Milwaukee, WI
    Posts
    7,410
    Post Thanks / Like
    I use the TIVO premiere and can vouch for the fact that the tuner is somewhat weak. It pixilates on signals that the TV handles just fine, so I needed more antenna to use it. However it has a guide and record options that work better than anything else (except maybe the DISH DVR.)

    If you buy directly from TIVO, you can purchase lifetime right away. Figure a bit less than 2 years to break even on lifetime.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •